Forty years ago today

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It was a day like no other, one she would remember for the rest of her life. Maxine Foster clicked off the television, her eyes blurry with tears and loaded every single Elvis Presley album she owned on the Zenith record player and pushed the lever.

“Well, it’s one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.”

Holding her sides, she crumbled to the floor and cried inconsolably. It couldn’t be true. No, he couldn’t be dead.


Find out more about Maxine in Waiting available here.


Celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday.

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Bonnie Dodge's photo.

Today is Elvis Presley’s Birthday. He was born in Tupelo, MS on January 8, 1935. Maxine Foster’s dream was to visit Graceland on his birthday.

Excerpt from Waiting:

January brought with it more than snow. For the first time in a long time, January filled Maxine’s house with excitement as she planned her trip to Graceland. She waited until the last possible moment to tell her family that she was going. She was settled at Grace’s kitchen table the night before, sharing a rare cup of coffee with her daughter and granddaughter.

“Graceland?” Grace said, her mouth hanging open. “By yourself? Mother, that’s not like you.”

“I know,” Maxine said. “And don’t try and talk me out of it. This is something I’ve wanted to do all my life. And now I’m going to.”

“Does Daddy know?”

“No, and I don’t want you to tell him. He’ll ruin it. I haven’t had a vacation in years. I think it’s about time I got to do something I wanted.”

Does Maxine go? Find out in Waiting. Get your copy here.

Two Idaho Author Awards

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My book Waiting, a novel about three generations of Idaho women,  was named one of the 2014 Top Ten Fiction books the Idaho Book Extravaganza last week in Boise, Idaho.

Also, Billie Neville Takes a Leap, a book about a girl who dreams of being a daredevil amidst the excitement of Evel Knievel’s jump over the Snake River, that I co-wrote with Patricia Santos Marcantonio published by River St. Press, won second place in the young adult category.

Thank you Idaho Book Extravaganza!



I Love You, Magic Valley

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Every day I give thanks that I live in such a nurturing community. Thank you Magic Valley and Barnes & Noble for a great afternoon talking about books and writing. I love my job.